The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: November 20-26

This week TV gave us a husband and child for Michel Gerard, two major reveals on Scream Queens, Barbara Kean making an important discovery about Oswald Cobblepot, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: “Summer” 

In this episode, Rory Gilmore saved the Stars Hollow Gazette by becoming editor-in-chief, while Lorelai Gilmore worked on a Stars Hollow musical. These were probably the most Gilmore Girls-y plotlines in the revival.

Best Moment: Michel’s resignation scene.

9. The Last Man on Earth: “Mama’s Hideaway”

This episode did what The Last Man on Earth does best: it took a very silly premise (Carol Pilbasian trying to get a family photo with Gail Klosterman in matching outfits) and pushed it into the darkest, most melancholy place. Once again, the formula was very effective.

Best Moment: Lewis’ first ride in the flight simulator.

8. Gotham: “Mad City: Time Bomb” 

Finally– finally– a TV show is giving me the battle between gay villains that I deserve. I can’t wait to see exactly what Barbara has in store for Oswald.

Best Moment: Barbara’s conversation with Olga.

7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Mr. Santiago”

In this episode, Jake Peralta tried to win over Amy Santiago’s father Victor Santiago. Meanwhile, Victor insisted that he’d looked into Jake and he’d never approve of him. It took Amy standing up to remind them that who she dates is entirely her decision.

Best Moment: Ray Holt emphatically reminding Adrian Pimento that all show dogs are majestic.

6. Scream Queens: “Blood Drive”

This episode revealed one of the killers and, in classic Scream Queens fashion, also revealed someone who isn’t one of the killers, but does want to kill the Chanels. It also had the season’s first truly scary moment with Chanel #9’s gruesome death.

Best Moment: Chanel #3 explaining that she’s been recycling blood.

5. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: “Spring” 

This episode showed Lorelai’s therapy sessions with Emily Gilmore, which made for some great drama and comedy.

Best Moment: Michel’s rant about why A-listers will never stay at the Dragonfly.

4. Ash vs Evil Dead: “Ashy Slashy” 

This episode had a fantastic set piece in the form of Kelly Maxwell battling it out with a hand puppet. There were also great character moments sprinkled throughout that all led up to the tragic ending.

Best Moment: Ruby Knowby’s pep talk in which she was supportive of Pablo Bolivar’s food truck.

3. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: “Fall” 

The Gilmore Girls revival ended with bringing everyone together for Lorelai’s wedding to Luke Danes.

Best Moment: Michel’s speech to Sookie St. James.

2. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: “Winter” 

The first episode of the Gilmore Girls revival had the most hard-hitting emotional sequence with the story of Richard Gilmore’s wake. It was a raw look at what has always been the most interesting relationship on this show: Lorelai’s relationship with Emily.

Best Moment: Michel’s rant about children.

1. Shameless: “You Sold Me the Laundromat, Remember?” 

This episode relied on the elements that have always been Shameless‘ strength: Fiona Gallagher’s tenacity and the relationship between Lip Gallagher and Ian Gallagher. The scene in which everyone came to the laundromat to help out offered the sort of catharsis in the middle of dire circumstances that Shameless is so good at.

Best Moment: Ian’s testimony on behalf of Lip.

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The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: November 20-26

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: November 13-19

This week TV gave us the Waverider crew’s return to the wild west, a big milestone for Darryl Whitefeather and White Josh, the first male Chanel, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LBGT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “The Reunion – Part 2”

In the second part of the Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood reunion special there were exactly as much snarky comments and yelling as you would expect.

Best Moment: Rosa Acosta’s entire fight with Safaree Samuels.

9. Rosewood: “Prosopagnosia and Parrot Fish”

This week Beaumont Rosewood worked a case with a witness who has face blindness. Meanwhile, he and Tawnya tried to take it slow but mostly failed.

Best Moment: Pippy Rosewood worrying about what will happen to Donna Rosewood after Gerald Kelly’s trial.

8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Monster in the Closet”

Adrian Pimento finally returned this week. Amy Santiago threw together a wedding for him and Rosa Diaz, but through the episode Adrian and Rosa realized that they should spend more time together before they get married.

Best Moment: “Vindication!”

7. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Outlaw Country”

Jonah Hex returned this week and helped the team take on an outlaw cowboy. Meanwhile, Ray Palmer and Nate Heywood became best friends and Mick Rory was just happy to hang.

Best Moment: Sara threatening to kick Jonah’s ass.

6. Scream Queens: “Chanel Pour Homme-icide”

Scream Queens returned this week and added an unreasonable number of new Chanels to the mix.

Best Moment: Chanel #3’s insistence that they not let Tristan die. (Even if it was all for not…)

5. Empire: “Chimes at Midnight” 

This week a big hack at Empire made tensions run high. Cookie Lyon had to end her relationship with Angelo Dubois and Shine got to torture someone.

Best Moment: Jamal Lyon’s call to D-Major.

4. Arrow: “Vigilante”

This week Team Arrow stopped a new vigilante (the hilariously generically named Vigilante) who was too dangerous, while gently ribbing Oliver Queen for being quite dangerous himself. It was a solid episode with a great twist at the end.

Best Moment: Curtis Holt yelling at Vigilante to stop trying to kill them.

3. Steven Universe: “Gem Harvest” 

After what felt like a very long hiatus, Steven Universe returned with an episode that felt extremely emotionally resonant and nailed family dynamics, both good and bad.

Best Moment: “We thought we’d all marry each other!”

2. Gotham: “Mad City: The Executioner” 

This episode was a nice reminder that despite its gritty tone, Gotham is a very idealistic show. The hard stance against cops playing by their own rules was refreshing and powerful.

Best Moment: Oswald Cobblepot’s sly “even someone you’ve only known two weeks.”

1. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Why is Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend Eating Carbs?”

Everything about this episode was strong. Rebecca Bunch’s scenes with Valencia Parez, Paula Proctor’s chemistry with delightful new cast member Parvesh Cheena, Josh Chan’s song about terrible thoughts, it all worked. The thread about Rebecca and Paula’s relationship was biting and sad in a way that snuck up on you. Of course, what puts it over the edge and makes it the clear best episode of the week was the incredibly sweet plot line for Darryl and White Josh.

Best Moment: Darryl and White Josh saying “I love you” to each other.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: November 13-19

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: November 6-12

This week TV gave us Team Arrow 2.0 learning more about the Green Arrow’s past, a double dose of Superstore, a gay Justice Society of America member, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Quantico: “Aquiline” 

This week the recruits argued over whether or not to order a drone strike. That was super weird, but there were a few nice character moments in between all that.

Best Moment: Harry Doyle immediately seeing through Ryan Booth’s plan to get his trust.

9. Rosewood: “Lidocaine and Long-Term Lust”

This episode showed us more of the relationship between Beaumont Rosewood and Tanya, which is going very well.

Best Moment: Pippy Rosewood and TMI joining Annalise Villa and Daisie Villa for a girls’ night out.

8. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “Reunion – Part 1”

The cast of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood season 3 got together to talk about highlights from the past season and do so, so much yelling at each other.

Best Moment: When Nina Parker started to ask Rosa Acosta if she ever would’ve considered having a threesome with Safaree Samuels and she cut her off to say no.

7. Empire: “One Before Another” 

This week Lucious Lyon orchestrated a fight between all of his sons because Lucious is just the worst.

Best Moment: Jamal Lyon challenging why Hakeem Lyon took the fight to such a sensitive place.

6. Shameless: “The Defenestration of Frank”

In this episode, Fiona Gallagher continued her quest to make something of herself, this time by buying a laundry mat. The scene where Fiona, Ian and Lip all talked and basked in her new air condition was a reminder that this show works best when it brings things back to the family dynamic.

Best Moment: Ian and Trevor’s make out followed by laughing at the realization that they’re both tops.

5. Gotham: “Mad City: Blood Rush” 

I can’t believe Gotham gave Nathaniel Barnes an A-plot and, even more, I can’t believe I enjoyed it. That’s how strong the writing of Gotham has been this season.

Best Moment: Edward Nygma asking Oswald Cobblepot to dump Isabella for him.

4. Arrow: “So It Begins” 

This week Team Arrow 2.0 found out that Oliver Queen is kind of sort of a serial killer. I understand this being a divisive opinion, but this kind of thing is legitimately what I love about Arrow. This episode also showed more of Evelyn Sharp’s character, which was great.

Best Moment: Curtis Holt making sure Evelyn doesn’t have alcohol. (You let her be a vigilante, dude).

3. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Compromised”

This has everything that makes Legends of Tomorrow great. The gang accidentally attacks the white house, Mick Rory can’t deal with feelings and eats a donut off the ground, everyone is in great outfits.

Best Moment:Todd Rice’s advice to Amaya Jiwe about acting on her feelings.

2. Superstore: “Black Friday”

This episode had some stand out character work. Amy’s call to her husband in which she accidentally said “I’m not happy” was a true gut punch of a moment. The stand out scene had Jonah and Amy finding themselves talking things out while next to each other in the bathroom.

Best Moment: Mateo being kind of proud of Cheyenne for learning about war profiteering.

1. Superstore: “Seasonal Help”

In this episode, Jonah led the other employees in a challenge to see who could drive the new tempts to quit. In the end, he feels terrible and gives one of the tempts the $200 he won from the betting pool. The whole storyline nicely showed off Superstore‘s ability to balance going for the throat with having in a heart in a way that sitcoms often aspire to but rarely achieve.

Best Moment: Mateo’s “are you done?” line.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: November 6-12

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 30-November 5

This week TV gave us a roast of Annalise Keating, Oswald Cobblepot scheming, sexytimes for Will Olsen and Harry Doyle, and more. Here are my picks for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “Matrimony” 

In the season finale of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, Ray J and Princess Love got married. Despite all the drama, their wedding was sweet.

Best Moment: Nikki Mudarris’ talk with Teairra Mari.

9. Rosewood: “Tree Toxins and Three Stories”

In this episode, Beaumont Rosewood recruited a team of students to help him look at Gerald Kelly’s case. He ended up finally coming around and agreeing with Donna Rosewood and Pippy Rosewood that Gerald is innocent.

Best Moment: Pippy realizing her date had previously gone on a date with TMI.

8. The Flash: “Monster”

This episode had a simple main plot, but fantastic side plots. Cisco Ramon and Caitlin Snow made this one of the strongest episodes of the season.

Best Moment: Julian Albert tattling to David Singh.

7. Shameless: “Own Your Shit”

Fiona Gallagher is still on a mission to get ahead in life. In this episode, she realized that means actually owning something and started looking into owning a laundry mat.

Best Moment: Ian and Trevor’s kiss at the party.

6. Quantico: “KMFORGET”

This episode revealed that Will Olsen has been seeing Harry Doyle for a while. Something shady is definitely going on because Harry was using a fake name with him.

Best Moment: Will and Harry’s bedroom scene.

5. Superstore: “Election Day”

In this episode, Dina and Glenn committed an eentsy bit of voter fraud, while Jonah and Amy encouraged employees to vote for a pro-labor candidate.

Best Moment: Mateo’s shy and giggly response to Cheyenne asking if he loves Jeff.

4. Arrow: “Human Target”

Oliver Queen realized that Tobias Church wouldn’t make a move unless he thought Oliver was dead. This led to Oliver recruiting the titular superhero with an extremely silly but fun power.

Best Moment: “More like the Backstreet Boys.”

3. Gotham: “Mad City: Red Queen”

In this episode, Mad Hatter drugged Jim Gordon and sent him on a psychedelic elevator ride through his memories.

Best Moment: Oswald Cobblepot’s talk with Isabella.

2. How to Get Away with Murder: “Call It Mother’s Intuition”

This episode had a solid case-of-the-week and some great scenes for Laurel Castillo. Plus, everyone describing to Annalise Keating in detail how she ruined their lives.

Best Moment: Annalise’s conversation with Soraya Hargrove at the meeting.

1. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Abominations”

This was a stand out episode for Jefferson Jackson. The emotions that came up when he visited the Civil War and the emotional bonding he did with Amaya Jiwe during the mission were fantastic.

Best Moment: Sara Lance’s conversation with Jax when he insisted on carrying out the mission.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 30-November 5

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 23-29

This week TV gave us a new love interest for Oliver Hampton, a mystical mystery on Rosewood, a trip to Feudal Japan for the Waverider crew, and more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Rosewood: “Spirochete & Santeria”

This episode had some fun twists, with a victim who knew he was going to die and a woman who admitted to the murder but claimed she used witchcraft.

Best Moment: Pippy Rosewood telling Beaumont Rosewood that she’s convinced of the inmates innocence.

9. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “The Source”

In this episode Moniece Slaughter tried to deal with the alleged sex tape. Meanwhile, Teairra Mari faced her legal problems.

Best Moment: Nikki Mudarris and Andrew meeting Teairra outside jail.

8. Quantico: “Kubark”

This week the CIA put the trainees through a test that involved triggering their deepest fears. You know, like a horror movie villain would.

Best Moment: Harry Doyle’s monologue about his deceased friend.

7. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Shogun”

In this episode, Ray Palmer and Nate Heywood fell out of the ship and into Feudal Japan. Just fell right on out and into Feudal Japan.

Best Moment: Sara Lance defending Mick Rory to Amaya Jiwe.

6. Arrow: “Penance”

This week Oliver Queen and Lyla Michaels busted John Diggle out of prison. Meanwhile, Felicity Smoak and Rory Regan tried to get past the tension between them.

Best Moment: Curtis Holt telling Oliver that he’s not going to let him go through with the prison break.

5. Gotham: “Mad City: Follow the White Rabbit”

In this episode, Mad Hatter punished Jim Gordon with a serious of increasingly traumatic forms of torment. But, the true edge-of-your-seat plotline was Oswald Cobblepot trying to work up the stuff to tell Edward Nygma he loves him.

Best Moment: Oswald’s confession to an empty chair.

4. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “Reunited!”

The incredible queens of All Stars 2 returned for a special full of delightful quips and obvious bitterness.

Best Moment: Alaska saying “I’ll send Alyssa home again right now.”

3. How to Get Away with Murder: “Is Someone Really Dead?”

This episode kept up the tension of this excellent season. It also had quality scenes between all of this season’s major couples.

Best Moment: Annalise Keaing’s line about “I wanted to be a better person.”

2. Shameless: “I Am a Storm”

This week Ian Gallagher got a new love interest in Elliot Fletcher’s Trevor. So far, the relationship has a lot of chemistry and could be interesting. Meanwhile, this episode showed Fiona Gallagher’s continued determination to live her life for herself. But, it looks like she may come back from that path, between her conversation with Veronica Fisher and the great moment at the end where almost the entire family was at her party.

1. Superstore: “Halloween Theft”

This was a great episode written by the hilarious Karey Dornetto. Everyone acknowledging how hot Dina is was fantastic, as was Mateo and Jeff’s date.

Best Moment: Mateo and Jeff’s awkward exchange about the seat warmer.

 

 

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 23-29

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 16-21

This week TV gave us a deep dive into Annalise Keating’s backstory, Nikki Mudarris making amends with people in her life, Harry Doyle meeting up with someone new, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “The Leak”

This week Brandi Boyd, Jason Lee, and Princess Love schemed over an alleged Moniece Slaughter sex tape, while Max Lux and Ray J tried to stop them.

Best Moment: Nikki and Rosa Acosta’s make up scene.

9. Quantico: “Stescalade” 

The CIA shenanigans continued this week, as Alex Parrish and Ryan Booth continued gathering information on the other recruits.

Best Moment: I’m very interested in what Harry and Will Olsen’s scene could be setting up.

8. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Where is Josh’s Friend?”

In its season two premiere, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend delivered on everything that makes the show enjoyable and special. The unique tone, the way Rebecca Bunch’s issues are handled, the complicated relationships– it was all on point.

Best Moment: Darryl Whitefeather and Josh Wilson’s obnoxiously cute scene.

7. Shameless: “Home Sweet Homeless Shelter”

This episode had a major turning point for the show when Fiona Gallagher decided to truly start thinking about building her own future. It was well-handled and exciting to watch.

Best Moment: Ian Gallagher’s talk with Lip Gallagher at the end.

6. Scream Queens: “Halloween Blues”

This episode had fun Halloween costumes and a lot of the delightful relationship between Chad Radwell and Denise Hemphill.

Best Moment: Chanel #3 suggesting that Chanel Oberlin dress as a very sad mood ring for Halloween.

5. Arrow: “A Matter of Trust”

This season’s storyline about Oliver Queen building Team Arrow 2.0 is really a gift. The crew’s dynamic is immediately just working.

Best Moment: Curtis Holt’s awkward conversation with Rory Regan.

4. How to Get Away with Murder: “It’s About Frank”

This episode explored Annalise Keating’s past. We saw a lot of the ups and downs in her relationship with Sam Keating, as well as the beginnings of her relationship with Frank Delfino.

Best Moment: The beauty shop scene.

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Halloween IV”

This is the fourth annual Halloween heist episode that Brooklyn Nine-Nine has done and it was more elaborate and full of twists than any of its predecessors. While this made for a slightly different tone, it was a lot of fun.

Best Moment: Ray Holt threatening to skin Amy Santiago and Jake Peralta.

2. Gotham: “Mad City: Anything for You”

This was one of Gotham‘s strongest episodes yet thanks to the focus on the fascinating relationship between Oswald Cobblepot and Edward Nygma.

Best Moment: Barbara Kean’s delight when people at the party started trying to kill each other.

1. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “The Justice Society of America”

This show keeps delivering on exactly what I want from it. This week the Legends met the Justice Society of America, then got into a brawl with Nazis.

Best Moment: Sara Lance accepting that she should be the group leader.

 

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 16-21

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 9-15

This week TV gave us the season finale of Halt and Catch Fire, Chanel #3 getting closer to her new love interest, an old-fashioned crossover between Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. New Girl: “Homecoming”

Cece Parekh standing up for her husband Schmidt by threatening to beat up his former high school classmates was a sweet ending and this episode had a lot of nice details, like Schmidt wallowing by listening to “Dookie” on cassette. But, the highlight of this episode was definitely the appearance of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast members.

Best Moment: “Everything happens for a reason and that reason is random chance.”

9. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “All Stars Supergroup”

In the Drag Race finale, the crown went to my personal favorite person in the universe, Alaska. Before the big decision we got to see a great performance with excellent choreography and original rap verses and one last runway show.

Best Moment: Katya’s answer for why she deserves to win was amazing.

8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “The Night Shift” 

After the three-part special with Jake Peralta in witness protection, this show finally got back to basics with an episode Jake’s friendship with Charles Boyle. Meanwhile, the rest of the squad struggled with the stresses of working the night shift.

Best Moment: “John Phillips Sousa, the Skrillex of his day.”

7. Empire: “Cupid Kills”

In this episode, Cookie Lyon had a date with Angelo Dubois. I am extremely pro anything that gets any woman away from Lucious Lyon.

Best Moment: Jamal Lyon’s conversation with Freda Gatz in prison.

6. Scream Queens: “Handidates” 

In this episode, Chad Radwell accused Brock Holt of being the killer, then died with very suspicious timing. Meanwhile, Hester Ulrich’s demands to be moved to Dean Munsch’s hospital were met.

Best Moment: Chanel #3 and Cassidy Cascade’s yoga scene.

5. Gotham: “Mad City: New Day Rising” 

This week on Gotham, the Mad Hatter managed to get even creepier. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot became Mayor, but not before Edward Nygma taught him a lesson about love.

Best Moment: Jim Gordon’s visit to Barbara Kean.

4. Arrow: “The Recruits”

Arrow was in its element this week, with a winning formula based around Oliver Queen being closed off and distant before learning something about being a leader.

Best Moment: Curtis Holt’s excellent callout of Oliver’s behavior.

3. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Out of Time”

Sara Lance had sex with the Queen of France, Ray Palmer fought a dinosaur, Martin Stein kidnapped Albert Einstein and this is just the first episode of the season. I’m so glad the most fun show on television is back.

Best Moment: Sara still being cocky and winking when she was about to go on trial for being a witch.

2. Halt and Catch Fire: “NIM”

In part one of the Halt and Catch Fire season finale, the show did a time jump to 1990. This turned out to be extremely effective. Every choice about the characters’ new status quo was a good one.

Best Moment: Joe MacMillan and Cameron Howe playing with convention swag while catching up.

1. Halt and Catch Fire: “NeXT”

In the Halt and Catch Fire season finale, the team came back together thanks to Donna Emerson’s excitement about the World Wide Web. This episode beautifully explored tensions that eventually led to Donna leaving the group. This was not only an incredibly well-written piece of television in and of itself, but also did a stunning job of building excitement for next season. The ending with Joe MacMillan, Gordon Clark and Cameron Howe ready to test out the new program was about as good as season finale endings get.

Best Moment: Joe MacMillan’s “don’t you ever say his name again.”

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 9-15